As you may or may not know, there is a buying freeze in the suppressor market right now. The reason for this is that many, many potential suppressor purchasers are waiting for the Hearing Protection Act (HPA) — which would remove cans from the NFA naughty list — to become law someday soon.
Someday. Well, the problem with “someday,’ as CCR has told us, is that it “never comes.” Okay, I may be overly cynical with that CCR reference. The HPA may indeed become law. But the question is when? Six months from now? Next year? After the 2018 midterms? It’s really anyone’s guess, which is why if you’re in the suppressor market you might as well just pull the trigger now.
As SIG Sauer’s John Hollister explains in the video above there are multiple reasons to get your can sooner rather than later. Here they are in a nutshell (well, bullet-pointed, actually):
- As mentioned, there is no guarantee that HPA will become law.
- If HPA does pass, there is a $200 tax credit given to anyone who buys a suppressor after Oct. 2015. That tax credit negates the NFA $200 tax stamp.
- If HPA does pass, there will be an excise tax added to all suppressors thus raising the price. NFA items are exempt from this excise tax.
- If HPA does pass, the demand for suppressors will skyrocket and the high-end materials used to make suppressors will in-turn become more costly to procure. This additional expense will be passed on to consumers.
- With demand low right now, there is a wide selection of suppressors at low prices
Those are all fair points Mr. Hollister makes. If you haven’t already, get your NFA ducks in a row and go out and buy a suppressor. Don’t wait on HPA. Someday, may never come.